New inquiry: Afghanistan

06 September 2013

The Defence Committee is today announcing its latest inquiry into Afghanistan. The inquiry will examine the security situation in Afghanistan; the progress of withdrawal of UK forces and equipment; expected assistance to the Afghan National Security Forces after 2014; the impact on Afghanistan of the new Government in Pakistan; and UK relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan after 2014.

The Committee is particularly interested in:


Progress towards the withdrawal of UK and ISAF combat troops;

  • The transfer of responsibility for security in Afghanistan to Afghan Forces;
  • The capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to provide protection for ISAF forces during the withdrawal and for international forces providing continuing support such as training; and
  • Progress on providing enablers for the ANSF such as medical support, logistics and air support.


  • Prospects for future political and security co-operation with Afghanistan; and
  • Pakistan’s role in reconciliation and peace-building, including mediation with the Taliban.

The Committee expects to take oral evidence towards the end of 2013. The Committee would welcome written evidence to this inquiry which should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Friday 18 October 2013.

Submission of written evidence should:

If possible, be provided electronically in MS Word or Rich Text format by e-mail to  If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail. The letterhead should contain your full postal address and contact details. If you have any queries on the submission of evidence contact Dougie Wands, Second Clerk, tel: 020 7219 4453, email:

  • Begin with a one page summary if it is longer than six pages
  • Have numbered paragraphs
  • Avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material.

Submissions can also be sent by post to Defence Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.

Individuals and organisations interested in submitting written evidence to the Committee may find the Commons: guide for witnesses (PDF PDF 1.25 MB) particularly useful.

Further information

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within written evidence, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included. If a number of published documents are sent to accompany written evidence, these should be listed in the covering email.

  • Written evidence submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organization submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

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